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Bowls king Mitch is dethroned as Wanstead’s Bob holds nerve

PUBLISHED: 16:30 07 June 2013

Bob Lockyer is making a habit of beating Central bowlers  first Colin Foster, now Mitch Brenner

Bob Lockyer is making a habit of beating Central bowlers  first Colin Foster, now Mitch Brenner

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Bowls champion crashes out of County Singles

Defending champion Mitch Brenner crashed out of the County Singles on Friday afternoon after a dramatic, thriller of a match against Wanstead’s Bob Lockyer in round two.

The Wanstead Central bowler, who had gone all the way to the Nationals in Worthing last summer after a superb county victory, was a hot favourite to make round three at Nutter Lane.

But after Lockyer had disposed of Colin Foster in the previous round, he was getting a taste for Central bowlers.

In a game that could have gone either way, it was the Wanstead man who eventually held his nerve, winning 21-20 to book a third-round clash with Terry Hughes of Ilford.

Hughes overcame fellow Ilford bowler Dave Betts in his second-round match. Betts, who had already put out the talented Gary Raby of Ford Sports and Woodford’s Peter Brown in his two previous matches, could not find the same sort of form and Hughes came through by 21-11.

Len Welton was the star of the county singles last week, coming through in both the two-wood and the four-wood events, but his interest in the blue riband event came to an abrupt halt on Monday night.

Welton was destroyed 21-1 by fellow Central bowler Paul Woodford, who will now take on the equally impressive Mark Wilson of Ilford.

Wilson was in ruthless form against J Curtis of Central Park (East Ham) easing to a 21-1 victory to set up a mouthwatering clash with Woodford next Monday evening.

Central bowler Kevin Fitzgerald is also through to round three after a battling 21-15 victory over Bill Nelson of Ford Sports.

He will now take on Ian Clark of Old Dagenham Park after he earned a hard-fought win over Woodford’s John Sandell.

That leaves just one more tie in singles area nine and 10 where Glyn Wallis of Ford Sports will meet team-mate J Butcher.

Wallis overcame Terry Lichkin of Wanstead Central by 21-15, while Butcher proved too strong for John Plunkett of Aldersbrook, coming through by 21-6.


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